The art of the vacation takes many forms in the 21st century—from rambling road trips to extreme outdoor adventures, and now, destination yoga retreats for those looking to use their time off to work on their health and wellbeing. Not only are vacationers seeking out the best day spas and spa resorts, but travelers are also looking to work on downward dogs and active mindfulness at a diverse array of yoga retreats across the country. Whether your idea of bliss is stretching just steps from a tropical jungle or practicing meditation on a rocky mountaintop, these yoga retreats offer opportunities to seriously get your om on.
The best yoga retreats in the U.S.
From Hawaii to the Rockies, for Bikram and beyond, the best yoga retreats in the U.S. for healthy and blissful vacations
Best yoga retreats in the U.S.
2. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
3. Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
4. Lumeria Maui, Makawao, HI
5. Feathered Pipe Ranch, Helena, MT
Photograph: Courtesy Zane Williams
6. Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Bozeman, MT
Get your “om” with a healthy dose of “yeehaw” at Big Sky Yoga Retreats (multiple locations in Bozeman, MT), high up in Montana’s Madison Range, about an hour north of Yellowstone National Park. Best known for its all-women “Cowgirl Yoga”—a blend of yoga and horseback riding—Big Sky hosts around a dozen all-level retreat weeks each year, set in the Rocky Mountains. The idea of practicing ashtanga, restorative and vinyasa flow yoga under the endless Montana skies might be enough draw, but rolled in with the opportunity for nature hikes, starlit nights, mountain-themed cuisine and a superb wine list, and the pull of this mountain getaway becomes irresistible. $1,895-$2,195 per person four all-inclusive days.Photograph: Courtesy Larry Stanley
7. Shambhala Mountain Center, Feather Lakes, CO
8. White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center, Santa Barbara, CA
9. Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreats, Brooks, ME
10. The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island, Greenback, WA
11. Stowe Mountain Ranch Retreats, Stowe, VT
12. Kalani, Pāhoa, HI
On 120 acres of the Big Island in Hawaii, Kalani (12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd, Pāhoa, HI) sits nestled in between tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean. One of the region’s largest yoga retreats, Kalani offers more than 50 classes a week in a dozen styles of yoga, plus rich offerings exploring Hawaiian culture, as well as a wellness center specializing in many styles of massage. On-site accommodations range from off-the-grid-style campsites to eco-cottages made from sustainably harvested wood. All guests can enjoy several pools, volleyball court and lounges. $95-$245 per night for accommodations, with yoga, meals additional; $810 (double occupancy) to $1,020 (single occupancy) and up for 7 days/6 all-inclusive nights.Photograph: Courtesy Matt Bulger